Neophyte vs Novice - What's the difference?

neophyte | novice |

Neophyte is a synonym of novice.


As nouns the difference between neophyte and novice

is that neophyte is a beginner while novice is a beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject.

neophyte

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A beginner; a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.
  • A novice (recent convert), a new convert or proselyte, a new monk.
  • (Christianity) A name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to those who have recently embraced the Christian faith, and been admitted to baptism, especially those converts from heathenism or Judaism.
  • (biology) A plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    References

    * Random House Dictionary, 2nd Edition, 1987.

    Anagrams

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    novice

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject.
  • I'm only a novice at coding, and my programs frequently have bugs that more experienced programmers wouldn't make.
  • (senseid)(religion) A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation.
  • * 1983 , (Lawrence Durrell), Sebastian , Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 1137:
  • Nor had it been difficult to find a Coptic priest who, together with his youthful novice , chanted the seemingly interminable Egyptian service of the dead [...].

    Synonyms

    * (person new to an activity) amateur, greenhorn, learner, neophyte, newbie, newling * See also